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More than $1.2 million for SA cellar doors

More than 50 South Australian wineries will share in $1.225 million in funding, to help them upgrade and diversify their cellar doors to provide visitors with a world class experience.

The SA Government’s Cellar Door Grants Program helps wineries upgrade their offerings and provide a memorable experience for visitors.

The 55 wineries – located in the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Clare, Coonawarra, Currency Creek, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Mount Benson, Riverland and Southern Flinders Ranges – will receive up to $25,000 each.

Some of the newly funded projects include:

  • Deviation Road in the Adelaide Hills, establishing a specialised sparkling wine tasting area.
  • Battle of Bosworth Wines, for a new cellar door with scenic views of Napean Bay on Kangaroo Island
  • Chapel Hill in McLaren Vale to link its tasting rooms with their outdoor area creating a vibrant family friendly space adjoining the existing 151 year old chapel.
  • Yalumba in the Barossa who are renovating an historic building into a hospitality space.
  • Woodstock Wines at McLaren Vale are developing a wildlife and wine visitor experience, including pathways through wildlife enclosures, allowing visitors to walk through.
  • Elderton Wines are set to convert a 1918 gentleman’s bungalow into a state-of-the-art cellar door

In addition, seven regional wine associations are receiving grants for up to $50,000 per project under the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program to develop regional wine tourism and visitor experiences. This funding totals $361,610.

The recipients are:

  • Adelaide Hills Wine Region – Immerse Yourself Program ($50,000) and The Adelaide Hills Region Big Data Insights Program ($30,000)
  • Barossa Grape & Wine Association – Barossa Brand Extension and Activation Project – China & Hong Kong ($50,000), Barossa Shiraz Trail business case development application ($25,000) and The Barossa Cellar ($50,000)
  • Clare Valley Winemakers – Breathe It In – Clare Valley! ($32,750)
  • Coonawarra Grape and Wine – Coonawarra Wineries Walking Trail ($9750) and Building Brand Coonawarra through ‘content marketing’ videography and photography ($19,600)
  • Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Association – Kangaroo Island events ($48,500)
  • Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine – Reproduction of a vintage caravan for regional promotions and events ($18,412) and a Landscaping and infrastructure project at Langhorne Creek Old School Community, Wine & Tourism Hub ($15,000)
  • McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association – McLaren Flat ‘Flat Mates’ promotional activities ($12,598)


The Cellar Door Grants Program and the Regional Associations Grants Program are part of the State Government’s $1.8 million South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme which was created to increase wine sales, visitor numbers and create jobs.

As with the 2016–17 round of the program, almost one in every two cellar doors have applied for a grant.

Both cellar door and regional wine industry association grant recipients are required to match grant funding with a dollar for dollar minimum co-contribution.

Source: SA Government